The NYC medical negligence lawyers at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP have been defending the rights of patients for over 60 years. We realize that errors in medication may cause patients to suffer severe hardships. As a result, we are committed to helping get our clients' lives back on track by pursuing compensation for them in court.
While most Americans are aware of the risk of medical malpractice when undergoing a surgical procedure, suffering an injury from a bad prescription doesn't usually cross their minds. Unfortunately, thousands of individuals suffer injuries or die from medication errors each year. Any time a prescription is written, there are numerous people who must perform tasks before that prescription is filled and given to the patient. An error by any of the individuals who have to handle a prescription can have disastrous consequences. When a medical professional commits a prescription error, it may be the result of negligence. Individuals who have suffered an injury due to a medical professional's negligence may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit with the help of our medical negligence lawyers.
What Caused Your Medication Error?
After suffering an injury from a medication error, victims often wonder how this could happen. Medication errors can be caused by a number of factors. In most instances, the medication error could have been avoided had a medical professional who handled the prescription used proper care. The following are common causes of medication errors that may have resulted from a medical professional's negligence:
The Dosage Was Misread: In some cases, the medical professional filling a prescription will misread the dosage and prescribe too much or too little medicine. For instance, a doctor may prescribe .1 MG of a given drug, but the medical professional fills 1.0 MG.
The Prescribing Doctor Ignored The Patient's Medical History: When the patient's medical history is ignored, they may suffer severe injuries if they are allergic to the prescribed drug or if it cannot be combined with their other medication.
The Patient Was Not Monitored Properly: When a drug with potentially harmful side effects is prescribed, the patient may need to be monitored by a physician. The failure to monitor the patient can result in severe injury or sickness.
It is important for injured individuals to keep in mind that suffering harm from medication is not necessarily grounds for a lawsuit. Individuals who have suffered an injury or illness from a medication error only have a valid claim if the medical professional's mistake was the result of negligence. For instance, if a patient was prescribed medication they are allergic too, but there was no record of allergies in their medical history, they may not have grounds for a lawsuit.
Our NYC Medical Negligence Lawyers Handle Wrongful Death Lawsuits For Prescription Errors
In many cases, a medical professional's prescription error can prove to be fatal. When an individual dies due to a prescription mistake, their family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. In a wrongful death lawsuit, families of deceased victims can recover compensation for any economic or non-economic damages caused by the error in medication. Families can receive economic damages for any lost wages, medical bills incurred before death and funeral costs. Victims' families are also eligible to receive non-economic damages such as any pain the victim suffered before death, loss of consortium and loss of parental guidance. Our medical negligence lawyers have been helping victims' families obtain compensation for their losses for over 60 years. We understand the emotional and financial hardships placed on a family following the unexpected death of a loved one. We realize we cannot help ease the emotional pain caused by a loved one's death. As a result, we are committed to pursuing maximum compensation to help ease the financial burden created by this loss.
How Do I Schedule A Legal Consultation Regarding A Medication Error?
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to a medication error, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with our NYC medical negligence lawyers, call our Manhattan office at 212.406.1700, our Bronx office at 718.892.0400 or contact us online. We will review your case and discuss your legal options with you. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP take all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our services are free of charge unless there is a monetary recovery. Our law firm is proud to serve the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, as well as the surrounding counties and New Jersey. We offer legal services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese.